Jun 02

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973) aka Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya

Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The woman and her brother are also involved in an incestuous relationship. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori’s pursue her.

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May 31

Onimasa (1982) aka Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor because of his fairness. Matsue lives in the middle of this society, between gang wars and rivalries among the chief’s mistresses. But when Onimasa takes a chivalrous attitude and finds himself on the side of train workers on strike, it annoys the Great Godfather of the island. The story starts in 1918, ends with the nearing of the Second World War.

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May 30

Color Blossoms (2004) aka Toh sik

One day, property agent Meili has two strange encounters; Madam Umeki, a mysterious Japanese high society lady who asks her to lease out a luxurious abandoned apartment on her behalf. On this fateful day, she also discovers the man of her dreams, policeman 4708. While Meili takes potential tenants to the apartment, she meets a young photographer, Kim. Whom she cannot help but fall in love with. Later, Meili is astonished to discover Kim was the ex-lover of the young Madam Umeki. The complex relationship between the color blossoms develops to be even more intriguing

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May 29

Ranking Boss Rock (1973) aka Bankaku Rokku

There is an ongoing war between two Girl Gangs, the Akabane 100 Club and the Ikebukuro Cavalry. Yukiko, the “Bankaku,” or chief bodyguard of the Akabane, is released from reform school and sets about to finish an ongoing one-on-one grudge match with Taka the Wild and the whole Cavalry gang. With a theme song by 1970s Japanese “Group Sounds” band Carol, and live performance. Rock and Sukeban unite for an extraordinary and cool piece of filmmaking.

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